Zarif: Iran's nuclear deal talks with Germany were frank, serious
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Iran and Germany held "frank and serious" talks on saving the 2015 nuclear deal with world powers, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Monday (June 10).
"With Germany we have a common goal.
This goal is to preserve the JCPOA (nuclear deal) and to prevent tension and conflict in the (Middle East) region", he added at a joint news conference in Tehran with German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas.
Maas is in Iran to meet President Hassan Rouhani and Zarif, as part of a European effort to salvage Iran's nuclear pact with world powers and defuse rising U.S.-Iranian tension.
In an effort to protect at least some of Iran's economy from sweeping U.S. sanctions and keep alive a nuclear deal after Washington quit, France, Britain and Germany have set up a special-purpose vehicle called Instex.
The three European Union members have been trying to get Iran to keep its commitments under the deal to cut back its nuclear program - which Washington distrusts - by helping it to circumvent the trade sanctions Washington has reimposed.
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